Seating

Bharatanatyam Dancer

Bharatanatyam Dancer

My approach to design is usually on an intuitive level, however, once it’s there, I allow it to gel without necessarily investigating its origins. During this “waiting” period, some osmosis takes place, where this idea collects its own information and I enjoy that revelation process.

“Dancer” arrived over a six-year period through this type of process; the sense of the chair as the most anthropomorphic of all furniture pieces in our daily life, one that’s almost waiting to get up and move, and my own teenage years as a student of the Indian Bharatanatyam dancing.

Material: cherry, paint, gold-leaf, bells
Dimensions (h x w x d): 41 x 30 x 26
Year Made: 2004


Dan’s Chair

Dan’s Chair

A client wished to bring a contemporary accent in a writing chair to match his Louise XIV ornate writing table. I modified the swirls and curves, simplified carvings and the gold leaf use. The corner chairs of that era  had the legs off set ..I found that interesting and created a 5 legged option. The customized extra height of the seat gave an elegant curve to the three front legs.

I also designed the Celtic knot to reflect the elements and colors in the chair.

Material: cherry, paint, gold-leaf, upholstered back needlepoint crafted by Nancy Keating
Dimensions (h x w x d): 39 x 25.5 x 23.5
Year Made: 2006


Naga, Naga – Guardian, Protector

Naga, Naga – Guardian, Protector

The cobra, in mythology and indeed some current cultures has held a revered position as a protector and bringer of good fortune……among other attributes.

I have been inspired by those definitions to portray the cobra in a few of my pieces. Here she is seemingly protecting you as you rest against her.

Material: cherry, curly maple
Dimensions (h x w x d): 30 x 19 x 20
Year Made: 2002


Bench with Hopi Blanket

Bench with Hopi Blanket

Placed in a setting to be viewed all around, this bench belong to a couple who are avid collectors of  Hopi artifacts. A very simple straight line form that is visually softened by a folded blanket.  The pattern is positive/negative as folds wrap over.

Material: mahogany, stained pattern
Dimensions (h x w x d): 30 x 50 x 22
Year Made: 1996


Naga II

Naga II

Material: black limba, curly maple
Dimensions (h x w x d): 41 x 24 x 25
Year Made: 2004


Animals Rocking

Animals Rocking

Material: cherry, leather, ebony inlay
Dimensions (h x w x d): 49 x 28 x 36
Year Made: 1989



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